Dirty Blood. Have You Read It?

Dear Reader,

So this weekend, I was planning at least one day of pure relaxation. No yard work, no laundry, just me and whatever was going to bring me joy. I had visions of lounging in my hammock with a good book.

I had everything I needed except a book I that spoke to me, nothing on my shelf or Kindle was crying out to be read. So I went in search of something new. Having just met Heather Hildebrand in person recently, I decided to look up her series, she has several. And check out one of her books. Being the type of person that I am I have to start at the beginning so I went to the first book in her first series. Dirty Blood. It was published in 2011 so I realize I’m late to the party. But, let me just say if you haven’t read this book then you like me have missed out. Let me tell you one more thing about myself. I read a lot of different books at the same time, usually, because no one book holds my attention for very long so I tend to jump around a lot.

Not so with Dirty Blood. I read it in a day. I couldn’t put it down. Seriously.  It is YA and a great read. You can’t help but get caught up in the characters and there is plenty of action to keep the story moving along. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Cold Blood.


Happy Reading!

P.S. And if you like a little romance with your sci-fi action you can also check out my Maggie Gray series. 




Spring, into Action

We are finally past March here in coastal Virginia. It was a wild one, four Nor’easters in one month bringing, rain, snow, wind and ice. And it was much worse for our coastal neighbors to the north. Mother Nature was certainly an over achiever last month. Today on this first day of April the weather is not anything close to “spring-like” but, we still have hope of warmer days ahead.

As the weather turns warmer and the days are longer we start to venture outside for a little sun and exercise, lets also remember that we are all part of a larger community. It’s easy to get comfortable in our routine of work, family, and errands.

This past week on a chilly and rainy Friday, members of a leadership group to which I belong went out and cleaned up the trash around the water’s edge at a local park. The park offers a boat ramp and picnic areas and it located in a residential area between a church and an elementary school. We had eighteen members and we worked for about two and a half hours. You can see in the picture the large pile of trash we removed. Some of the more interesting items were a tricycle, a small bicycle with training wheels, an old shopping cart, a tire, and old tube television, an old stereo, an area rug and a bible.  When we left, the shore line and the park were spotless. It is amazing what a small group can do in two hours. Not to mention the benefits of accomplishing something as a team. We all work in different areas, different departments, from emergency services to engineering. But, on Friday we were all one team with one goal, clean up the park in two hours. We accomplished our goal and enjoyed some comradery in the process.

As winter recedes in many parts of the country and you venture out once again to enjoy the sun please take a moment to consider helping in our local community in some way. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors, make a new friend, and be part of a solution.



Gray’s Requiem is Available

The road to book two’s completion was a little longer than I thought it would be, minor setbacks and unexpected opportunities. Gray’s Requiem will be released on February 22nd, but you can pre-order your copy on Amazon.

Gray’s Requiem is the second book in the Maggie Gray Trilogy, book three is planned for 2018.

In Requiem, Maggie looks for answers regarding her father’s genetic research using her DNA and finds the truth is not what she expected. In fact, nothing is as it seems, she can no longer trust the people she was once closest to, and Jack returns as her replacement as a Federation Assassin. But, will her former lover now hunt her down before she can find the truth?

Find out!



Freezing Fog

The use of fog in a story conjures up all sorts of mysterious images and thoughts. Creatures dragging themselves out of the fog in search of new victims, strange noises, and scary images prompt us to lock the doors and close the currents when the world around us is shrouded in fog. But freezing fog, now that can’t be good, that can’t be good at all.

But, as I gaze out my window towards the river, that is exactly what the forecast is for this morning. Freezing fog. I can’t see even see the river’s edge. I can barely make out the outline of the ships docked in port.

So what is freezing fog?

From the National Weather Service in Jackson, Ky.: Freezing fog occurs when the water droplets that the fog is composed of are “supercooled.” Supercooled water droplets remain in the liquid state until they come into contact with a surface upon which they can freeze. As a result, any object the freezing fog comes into contact with will become coated with ice. The same thing happens with freezing rain or drizzle.

Well, that conjures all sorts of ideas, doesn’t it? Think I’ll stay in today and add some freezing fog to my story.